Enhance your wheel throwing skills: Learn how to throw larger, more elegant pieces with instructor Léan van der Merwe.
August 23rd and 24th 10:30 am–4:30 pm Price $399 per person before Aug 22, $450 on day of.
Although this workshop is open to any experience level, it is not for total beginners. Participants must have some basic wheel throwing knowledge (and be 18 years or older). La Mano will supply tools, aprons, towels, as well as clay.
During this two-day workshop, we will demo and practice special techniques that make centering and shaping large amounts of clay easy and comfortable. There will be time for one-on-one help and special request demos. Plus, we will cover how to trim large or difficult shapes, making them lighter, more uniform, and graceful.
Please note: pieces made during this workshop will not be fired.
Léan van der Merwe Léan is pottery obsessed and pushes his limits as frequently as possible. He has taught himself how to regularly centre over 20kg (44lbs) of clay, shape large vessels and throw huge bowls. He enjoys teaching his personal techniques and knowledge to the greater ceramics community.
Precious metal clay, or silver clay, is made of pure silver mixed with water and an organic binding agent. You can mold it into an endless number of shapes and designs. When fired, the binding agent burns off, resulting in original fine silver jewelry—99.9% pure.
Learn the basics of how to work with silver clay in our introductory workshop. This 3 hour session covers rolling, stamping, and other methods of creating texture and all the finishing techniques you will need.
Pieces will be fired during the workshop, so you can wear your creations home that day or give them away for the perfect holiday gift!
The price of the workshop is $90 (cost of clay not included). Precious metal clay can be purchased at Mud Matters ($50 for 16g and $75 for 25g packet). No refunds or rescheduling within 3 days of workshop date. No refunds/credits once a workshop has happened. Participants must be 18 or older.
For the nearly 20 years that we have had the privilege of running the studio, we have tried to contain our fee structure in order to make the studio affordable and accessible to as many people as possible. In fact, this increase is only the second time our prices have risen in the life of the studio. But the costs of operating our business have been rising steadily. These expenses include our rent, the price of all supplies including clay and chemicals, and salary increases for our wonderful team of teachers, managers, and studio assistants.
The cost of an 8 week course beginning with the Fall Session will be $350. The firing fee rate of 4 cents per cubic inch will remain the same, as well as the $40 Materials Fee.
We appreciate your understanding of this and hope for your continued support.
For anyone who wants to register in advance for the fall session, you have the opportunity to do so at the current price of $330 up until August 15th. As of August 16th, the new price will be in effect.